NRL Finals Week One Fixtures and Tips - Roosters vs Rabbitohs headlines opening week of NRL finals

Andrew Hendrie 9 Sep 2019
  • NRL Finals Week One fixtures and preview
  • Roosters and Rabbitohs clash for the second straight week
The top eight teams in week one of the finals (PA Images)

Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs collide for the second week in a row as the NRL finals series begins on Friday night.

Another blockbuster clash between the Roosters and Rabbitohs awaits on Friday night at the SCG, one week after Souths prevailed 16-10 in one of the most physical matches we’ve seen all season. Both teams will be determined to earn a week off as a result, with the loser set to go into sudden death football next week.

Minor premiers Melbourne Storm and fourth-placed Canberra Raiders then square off in the first game on Saturday. Melbourne have only lost four games all season, but one of those defeats came against Canberra at AAMI Park - can the Green Machine conjure up another special performance to knock off Craig Bellamy’s men at the same venue?

Manly Sea Eagles and Cronulla Sharks follow on Saturday night, with the match supposed to be played at Lottoland, but due to asbestos concerns, could be moved to Bankwest Stadium. Manly have limped into the finals on the back of two straight losses and are without their star man Tom Trbojevic - will they be able to lift and remain alive in the competition against Cronulla, who are buzzing with confidence after a finals-like win over the Tigers on Sunday.

The first week of the finals finishes at Bankwest when the Parramatta Eels and Brisbane Broncos face off in sudden death football. Brisbane won a golden point thriller between the teams two weeks ago, but the Eels are a different force at home and are favoured to get the job done against a Broncos side who lost to the Bulldogs on Saturday night.

NRL Finals Week 1 Fixtures


Friday September 13

Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saturday September 14

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders
Manly Sea Eagles vs Cronulla Sharks

Sunday September 15

Parramatta Eels vs Brisbane Broncos


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NRL Finals Week One Fixtures and Tips - Roosters vs Rabbitohs headlines opening week of NRL finals

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